Some waited months, some waited years. Finally, however, more than 100 high school students from the West Contra Costa Unified School District have now received their diplomas.
Bilingualism in the United States, however, is a perplexing proposition. At best, it is often incorrectly correlated with English as a Second Language (ESL), an educational identification to assist beginners or new immigrants, and a support service available in many school districts. At worst, speaking other languages, besides English, is regarded suspiciously as perpetual foreignness, represented in heavily-accented caricatures.
District officials are hoping the merger of two West Contra Costa schools into a new high school with more academic and behavioral resources will give students the edge they need to succeed. But the move in September to combine Gompers and North Campus continuation high schools into the new Sylvester Greenwood Academy has some Richmond community members concerned about potential gang violence.
By Ronvel Sharper
Last year, during my sophomore year at Richmond High School, I joined a group that from the first meeting gave me hope that we could make a positive impact on the community. It felt safe and inclusive, a place where everyone can come together behind a goal and have fun working toward it
by Monet Boyd
It’s September again, and for a lot of young people in Richmond, that means it’s time to start high school. Whether it’s your first year or you just want to make this year better than last year, here are a few tips I’ve compiled from my friends, family and my own experiences to help you do well